Whiny No More

Posted on 18 Jan 2016, Pastor: Walt McCanless

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11

Prayers of the People by John Garver (9:00 am)

Dear Lord, Thank you for your many blessings, among which is allowing us to gather again here as your people, to love one another and offer our prayers and our thanks to you.

Help us to put into practice your teachings.  Help us to readily recognize that everyone we meet is equally, with us, your beloved creation.

There is sadness Lord in your world and we ask for your strength to endure it.  Be with those of us today whose hearts are troubled.  Calm us.  Let us feel your love and support and help us channel that through our prayers.  We lift up to you each person on the prayer list and those that care for them.

Thank you for Walt, Lal and Joanna.  Pour out your blessings on them, give them strength and wisdom and faith in you and in us, and keep them healthy and strong.

Thank you for another day, another week, another year, and all the joy that comes to us as we run the course you have set for us.  Watch over us and bring us safe home wherever our travels take us in the coming weeks.

These things we ask in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray: Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil, For thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever. Amen.

 

Prayers of the People by Anne Wood (11:15)

Lord, we give thanks to you for your abiding love. Knowing that you take delight in your people is comforting to us and we want to be pleasing to you always.  We often are not, but we have the assurance that you love us, even when we seem to be unlovable.  We praise you for the abundant gifts you give to us so that we can work for you and share with others.  Your love is overflowing in us. Show us how to pour out that love on all we meet.

For people who are suffering from illness or recovering from surgery, we ask your healing power. For the ones who are caring for them, give them rest and strength that they may be a blessing to those in their care.

Many are downtrodden and have nowhere to turn. Turn their hearts to you, Lord, and put us in their paths to give them hope of better days to come.

Lord, your world is in an upheaval everywhere. We pray for answers to make things right in your sight.  The leaders and ones who make decisions need your steadying hand to guide them.  Give them and us wisdom to walk in your ways and make choices that reflect that you are the one we follow above all. Amen.